... the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.
Australian social scientist, quoted by Noam Chomsky in World Orders Old and New
I don't think either of us presumes that the Big Bosses are making illegal downloads. I agree it is their staff. What's offensive is that it is tolerated and done on "company time" as they flout the laws they think we must submit to.
I think Dan and I are more discussing who is in charge of who. He thinks they work for us and I think we work for them. In reality, maybe neither of us or both of us are correct. It boggles the mind for sure......
I think there was a time when at least some or even most representatives deeply cared and made sacrifices to help their overall citizenry.
This is no longer true. As far as I can tell, the primary purpose of politic is self enrichment and boosting your friends and contributors. Any legislation is handled by your well paid by the taxpayer employees and you focus on what matters - money and re-election.
Yes, I know that's a very negative view. This is what I see through my not so rose colored glasses. If I'm wrong, well, hah, it sure looks that way....